Patrick King asked:
I keep wondering if the premise of this book was the same legend that Russell Thorndike used for his novels about the Rev. Doctor Syn. Jamaica Inn is told from a law-and-order perspective, while Dr. Syn is a revolutionary but they are essentially very similar stories about smugglers on the English coast.
See Min Lim I'm not sure what legend Russel Thorndike used but the inspiration of this book was Jamaica Inn which is a real inn located in Cornwall, England and Daphne du Maurier herself had stayed in it before writing this novel. It still stands today and is still operating as an inn today. You can google Jamaica Inn (perhaps add on 'Cornwall' to differentiate it from this novel) and there's some history about it relating to pirates and smugglers on the Wikipedia page. As for Thorndike's book, I googled it up and it's set in Dymchurch which is in Kent, England.